Love and Cinatos take Famous Grouse Triples crown

Dave Love, Martin Cinato and Connor Cinato claimed The Famous Grouse Triples crown with a hard-fought victory over Carl Wigfield’s trio.

The competition, which is staged at Desborough IBC, attracts teams from a wide area and is played in qualifying groups leading up to the weekend’s finals day.

The top 12 triples from the qualifying groups played a round-robin series of matches in two groups with the top triple from each group contesting the final.

The winners of Group One were Dave Love (Wellingborough IBC) Martin Cinato and Connor Cinato (Desborough) with the runners-up being Will Clelland, Norman Gibb and George Warren.

Donna Williamson (Kingsthorpe), Carl Wigfield and Carl Haines (both Desborough) came out on top of Group Two with Ron Chambers, John Haines and Matt Pownall (all Desborough) in second place.

The final was a very close affair and going into the last end the scores were level at 4-4.

With the skips having one bowl each left, Connor Cinato was one down but was able to move the opposing shot bowl to hold two shots and a winning lie, and Wigfield missed his target when running at the head.

So the honours of being placed first went to Love, and the Cinato’s with a score of 6-4.

Kingsthorpe prepare for big quarter-final

The county’s Denny Cup survivors Kingsthorpe bid to reach the quarter-finals when they take on Norfolk club Acle in their last 16 tie on Saturday.

Kingsthorpe team

At Kingsthorpe: Rink one: Neil Rolfe/Peter Morris/Darren Lewis/Andrew Manton. Rink two: David Walker/Phil Reeve/Chris Maden/Ben Sharpe

At Acle: Rink three: Pete Maloy/Martin Gearey/Colin Jones/Mick Sharpe. Rink four: Paul O’Beirne/John Baggat/Jason Bryan/Vernon Gearey

Club side too strong for county women

Northants women visited Northampton & District on Wednesday for a friendly match, with the club side taking victory despite an excellent win by 14 shots for Chris Cooper’s rink.

Rink scores

Rink one: Velda Cooper/Sue Prior/Sue Fincham/Chris Cooper 24 shots – Janet Leigh/Shirley Digby/Gloria White/Jean Chesshire 10 shots. Rink two: Tracey Cattell/Elaine Urquhart/Valerie Blackwell/Pam Lewis 12 shots – Anne Woods/Anita Hickman/Pam Wills/Elizabeth Wittering 29 shots. Rink three: Lynn Upton/Margaret Tyler/Elsie Hatton/Sue Lomas 9 shots – Marjorie Keal/Valerie Rwson/Janet Riome/Joyce Porter 25 shots